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Haute Galore

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OK.  It’s the most wonderful time of the year again…  Ladies, it’s time to bring out your boots!

Well, this is certainly my favorite time of the year; the weather is cooling down (which means my hair will finally lay flat upon my head), the trees are changing colors and a sense of nostalgia lingers on each leaf as it falls to the ground.  It’s a feeling of warmth that greets you these coming months, beckoning you to spend more time with your loved ones and indulge in all that is comforting and heartwarming.

But as you make your rounds to each holiday party coming up, what better way to crunch those dead leaves on the ground till there’s nothing but an afterthought of summer left than in a pair of beautiful new boots???

What kind of boots, you ask?  Good question!  So many styles to choose from…  I’m here to share some of my favorites.  However, because I’ve come across so many great finds, I’ve decided to do two separate posts dedicated to the topic.  Let’s try one general post about all boots that go above the ankle and one post about booties.

This first post, my friends, will embrace those boots on the taller side and tomorrow I’ll show some love to the shorter ones.  So, here they are in order from cheapest to most costly:

Ecote Tall Suede Boot ($88 USD)

Steve Madden ZEDA Boot ($99.95 USD)

ASOS ABBOT Buckle Suede Boot ($117.95 USD)

Aldo Prettner Boot ($160 USD)

Aldo Rechtzigel Boot ($170 USD)

DITA Metal Ring Boot ($180 USD)

Steve Madden Endevur Boot ($189.95 USD)

FRYE Harness Boot ($218 USD)

Tory Burch Buckle Rubber Rain Boot ($225 USD)

Nicky Slouch Moc Boot ($228 USD)

UGG Jillian Boot ($230 USD)

Aldo Threw Buckle Detail Flat Boot ($235.90 USD)

Cole Haan Air Liberty Boot ($298 USD)

Cole Haan Air Tantivy Boot ($298 USD)

FRYE Alex Boot ($298 USD)

Joe Lace-Up Over The Knee Boot ($298 USD)

Saddle Seat Boot ($328 USD)

FRYE Paige Tall Riding Boot ($347.95 USD)

House of Harlow 1960 Over The Knee Fringe Boot ($350 USD)

Farrier Boot ($538 USD)

So how are those for a start?  Certainly, there are more tall boots to come, but consider this post an appetizer… Yummy!!!

What stylish young woman out there in the world isn’t thinking about finding the perfect coat for this coming autumn?  So many options to choose from, and I figure, why not get this blog started off right by talking about one of my favorite subjects – coats.  More specifically – military-inspired fall coats!  And we can’t start talking about one of Fall 2010’s biggest trends without mentioning the man behind the most beautiful line of military-inspired outerwear that has come out since…  I don’t know, the Revolutionary War?

To all of you out there who might happen upon my little patch of digital mindspace, please give him a round of applause: The maven of military couture himself, Christopher Bailey.  Mr. Bailey, what a genius you are, mon frère!  The best thing to happen to Burberry since the Haymarket Check.

So, yes, military looks are still in fashion, but a lot less gawdy, and I think we have none other than that wonderful man to whom we should be paying our thanks (if not our hard-earned money).

Here are some of my favorites from his work for Burberry Prorsum’s Fall 2010 ready-to-wear line…

Doeskin Wool Cropped Military Jacket ($1,995 USD)

Wool Felt Parade Jacket ($1,795 USD)

Zip Waist Wool Felt Peacoat ($2,495 USD)

And the coup de grâce of all navy peacoats (seriously, I envision the rest of them out there in the world committing seppuku after this one):

Cadet Wool Felt Coat with Tulle Hemline ($3,595 USD)

Bravo!  Bravo!  Right?!  Well, his work is exquisite, but if you are like most young women out there, there’s no way you’re going to be able to drop $3600 on a coat unless you plan on paying off credit card debt for the next decade…  So, the next question is: Where can you find some great coats which manifest this magnificent fall trend for a fraction of the price?  Let me try and help you with that…

I’ve scoured the interweb for some great military-inspired jackets and coats…  Some a bit pricier than others.  But by all means, please have a look at my findings in order from cheapest (yay!) to most expensive (blah).

Asos Button Corset Waist Mac ($117.95 USD)

Asos Military Button Peacoat ($126.38 USD)

TopShop Tall Double-Breasted Coat ($160 USD)

TopShop Belted Military Coat ($160 USD)

TopShop Double-Breasted Military Coat ($170 USD)

Idra Cream Confection Coat ($178 USD)

TopShop Ultimate Military Cape ($190 USD)

Kenneth Cole Reaction Asymmetrical Zip Coat ($210 USD)

Sass & Bide Proud Heart Jacket ($220 USD)

Karen Millen Sharp Military Jacket ($547.63 USD)

Leifsdottir Iberia Coat ($548 USD)

McGinn Nicola Coat ($560 USD)

Smythe Cadet Jacket ($595 USD)

Nanette Lepore Poison Ring Stretch Wool Military Coat ($698 USD)

Well, those are some of my favorites from what I’ve come across.  Hope there’s something out there for you to enjoy!